PONTYPOOL head coach Leighton Jones has been discharged from hospital and will continue to recover at home.

The 41-year-old former hooker, son of the legendary Steve ‘Junna’ Jones, became ill last Tuesday and was admitted to the Royal Gwent Hospital.

Pooler backs coach Tom Hancock, defence coach Andrew Quick and head of performance Rhys Dyer took charge of the Championship leaders for Saturday’s National Cup tie against Carmarthen Quins.

The club have confirmed they will remain at the helm for this Friday’s home clash with Bedwas.

In a statement, the Gwent club said: “Leighton wishes to pass his sincerest thanks for the many messages of support he has received from supporters and friends during this time.

“He also wishes to thank the staff at the Royal Gwent Hospital for the excellent care he received over the last week.

“Further updates on Leighton’s progress will be provided in due course and we look forward to welcoming him back to Pontypool Park soon.”

Pooler, knocked out of the cup by Quins, hold a six-point lead over Bargoed with 11 games to go in the race for promotion to the Premiership.